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Accessibility Development Partnership
Access Ability is an exciting and innovative project which was set up in May 2002 and is funded by the EQUAL community initiative. It is a consultancy aimed at helping organisations to recruit and work effectively with employees who have a disability. It works in four phases, providing practical one-stop-shop guidance on recruiting a person with disability and advice on employment issues.
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Building Peace
Since the early 1990s Northern Ireland has been engaged in the important and often delicate process of building peace. Immediately after the ceasefires, the mood was one of great optimism. So much needed to be done to reverse the social and economic problems that had established themselves during the years of violence.
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Carlow County Enterprise Board
Carlow County Enterprise Board is one of the 35 County and City Enterprise Boards that were established by the Government in 1993 to promote enterprise culture and to assist the start-up and development of micro-enterprises locally. The Board's focus is strategic and its key task is to stimulate entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in County Carlow through the following objectives:
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Dublin Bay Project
The Dublin Bay Project is a €300 million investment in water quality, financed by the EU Cohesion Fund and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It provides a very good example of sustainable regional development because it will benefit the people living around Dublin Bay and will also facilitate economic development. The flagship of the project is The Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works which is one of the most advanced wastewater treatment plants in the world. The project will also provide a new Pumping Station in Sutton in Co. Dublin and a 10.5km submarine pipeline under Dublin Bay to bring the wastewater to Ringsend for treatment.
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Enterprise Ireland
Collaboration between companies and the third level sector is internationally recognised as a proven path to successful innovation. Today's open markets demand new cutting-edge products, product enhancements and new services. Enterprise Ireland has developed a clearly focused strategy of support, encouragement and assistance for companies. With the support of the European Regional Development Fund Innovation Partnerships have been established with the express purpose of supporting collaborative Research and Development projects between industry and the third level education sector. Some of the success stories to date include:
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Fishery Harbour Development
Killybegs is Ireland's premier fishing port and is of vital economic importance for jobs in Donegal and the entire North West Region. Fishing and related activities are estimated to be worth around €50 million to the local economy every year. By the end of 2004, €50 million will be invested in Killybegs Fishery Harbour in one of the largest ever state investments in a fisheries harbour. The funding is provided under the National Development Plan with European Regional Development Fund assistance.
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Forestry
Urban trees and woodlands contribute greatly to the value of life in our towns and cities. The urban forest resource is fast becoming recognised as an essential component of the urban infrastructure. Urban forestry is internationally regarded as a most effective way of maximising such benefits on a sustained basis for the good of both present and future generations of urban dwellers. European Union funding has played an important role in preserving and developing Ireland's Forestry. The NeighbourWood Scheme offers considerable support to local authorities, community groups, environmental NGOs and private woodland owners to work in partnership to develop appropriate woodland amenities in and around villages, towns and cities.
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Gender Equality
The Irish Government has adopted Gender Mainstreaming as a strategy to promote equal opportunities between women and men in the National Development Plan. This is important, as women and men often have different access to resources, and carry out different tasks in their daily lives. For example, 63% of Irish men have a full driving license compared to 46% of Irish women. So women are more likely than men to use public transport. We know that 73% of men are in the labour force compared to 50% of women. So women are more likely than men to be travelling to non-work facilities. Putting a gender equality perspective in mainstream transport policies means considering public transport provision – not just to places of work but also to these other facilities to which women are more likely to travel than men.
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Glenbarrow Farms Brand
In May 2003 Laois LEADER launched it's locally produced beef and lamb product range under the first all county brand label 'Glenbarrow Farms'. Laois LEADER Programme recognised the need for top quality meat products to increase market share both at home in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. It was hoped that while locally produced products often found it difficult to compete on price alone, reassuring consumers about the quality and safety under a recognisable label would encourage consumer loyalty and make initiatives like Glenbarrow Farms a household name.
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Interreg3 Ireland/Wales
The Ireland/Wales INTERREG IIIA Programme has been developed jointly by the National Assembly for Wales and the Department of Finance in Ireland to further cross border co-operation between the two regions. The total budget for the Programme is €65.5 million euro, of which the European Union is contributing €47.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The Programme covers the period to the end of 2006. The programme is administered in Ireland by the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly and aims to encourage counties in eastern Ireland and west Wales to work together, with an integrated approach to economic, social and environmental development.
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Investing in Broadband Infrastructure
Under the NDP 2000-2006 an indicative €200 million was set aside for telecommunications infrastructure projects. The investment covers projects by both the private sector and the Local
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Language Initiative
The Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI) currently supports the teaching and learning of Italian, Spanish, German and French by over 20,000 children in 394 schools nationwide. The Initiative is administered by Kildare Education Centre, under the directorship of Ms. Anne Kelleher and receives its funding from the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 .
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M1 Drogheda Bypass
The M1 Drogheda Bypass opened in June 2003. At an approximate cost of €254 million the project has been part financed by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union and by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan (2000 - 2006). This new section of motorway links the Balbriggan Bypass at Gormanstown and the Dunleer Bypass at Monasterboice. The scheme involved the construction of 21.5km of dual carriageway, 7.5km in County Louth and the remaining 14km in County Meath with provision for widening to three lanes in both directions as traffic volumes increase. To enable traffic to enter onto and exit from the motorway four interchanges are provided at Gormanstown, Drogheda South, Drogheda North and Monasterboice. The project also included the construction of 24 structures, including a high level bridge crossing the River Boyne.
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National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland was established on 26 February 2001 under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. The Authority is funded by the Department of Education and Science and is part-financed by the ESF. The mission statement of the Authority is to lead a cultural change, in partnership with stakeholders, with the aim of achieving: Wide recognition of outcomes of learning. Improved access for learners to quality learning opportunities.
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Nursing Schools
Under the NDP (2000-2006) capital funding of approximately €240 million is being provided to Higher Education Institutes for nurse education building projects. The purpose of the funding is to ensure an optimum learning environment for nursing students through the provision of purpose-built facilities with state of the art clinical skills and human science laboratories.
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The Office for Social Inclusion
The Office for Social Inclusion (OSI) is the Government office, located in the Department of Social and Family Affairs, with overall responsibility for developing, co-o rdinating and driving the National Action Plan against Poverty and Social Exclusion ( NAP/ inclusion).
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Waste Management Infrastructure Capital Grants Scheme
The Waste Management Infrastructure Capital Grants Scheme was launched in 2002 as part of the National Development Plan 2000-2006 to support the delivery of improved waste services and infrastructure. The Scheme is funded from the European Regional Development Fund and the Irish Exchequer. Local authority projects approved for assistance under the Scheme are grant aided at the rate of 75% of eligible costs.
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YOUTHREACH
YOUTHREACH is the principal official response to the needs of unemployed young people, generally aged between 15-20, who left school early having attained less than 5 Ds at Junior cycle level. The Government and the European Social Fund provide financial support under the National Development Plan for Youthreach. It is administered jointly by the Department of Education and Science and FÁS is delivered in 90 YOUTHREACH centres managed by VECs, in 45 Community Training Workshops funded by FÁS and 12 Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform Workshops. These are out-of-school settings in disadvantaged urban and rural communities throughout the country. They cater for 7,000 trainees.
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